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11-Year-Old Invents Sandless Sandbags That Use Polymer Similar to Insta-Snow

Fort Lauderdale, Florida sixth grader Peyton Robertson may revolutionize how we protect ourselves and property from flooding. Earlier this month, he won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his sandless sandbag. The Young Scientist Challenge is sponsored by 3M and the Discovery Channel Education and is open to students in grades 5 - 8. The 2014 challenge opens in late [...]

Science Fair 911 – What If My Results Are Wrong?

By Blog Editor Susan Wells We take a lot of calls during science fair season and throughout the year from students and their parents for help on projects. One question we receive more than most is a concern when the results of the project didn't support the hypothesis or have the intended outcome. Let's start with the hypothesis. What is a hypothesis? After you [...]

Science Fair 911 – Tips for Teachers

By Guest Blogger Debbie Leibold  So, you're about to assign science fair projects to your students… now what? No need to worry, the Spangler Science team has some tips to make the science fair fun, interesting, and educational for your students (and easier for you)! First and foremost, if you are excited about the science fair, your students are sure to share your [...]

Science Fair 911 – Tips for Students

By Blog Editor Susan Wells  Whether you are required to participate in your school's science fair or if you are trying to decide whether or not to volunteer to participate, the hardest part of getting started is finding a project. I have organized my school's science fair for several years now, and I have found that once the project is picked, the kids [...]

Science Fair 911 – Tips for Parents

By Guest Blogger Debbie Leibold  "It's science fair time!"  Those words cause many parents to panic and ask questions like, "How are we going to have time for this?"  "What experiment should my child do?"  "I have no science background--how am I going to help?"  "Where do we begin?" Don't panic... help is on the way.  Completing a science fair project is not [...]

Science Fair 911 – Display Boards

By Blog Editor Susan Wells You've picked the perfect project, pulled together your materials and variables, conducted your experiment. You can see the finish line. But there is one last piece of the science fair project that remains...the project display board. I've been surprised in my working with students and their parents that the display board can make even the most confident scientists [...]

Science Fair 911 – Scientific Method

By Guest Blogger Debbie Leibold  So you have a great science fair project idea, but you're not sure how to get started? We're here to help! Every successful science fair project starts with the Scientific Method. The Scientific Method is just a road map to get you from your question to your answer. Follow these steps to make your experiment amazing! Question Find a topic that [...]

Science Fair 911 – Demonstrations vs. Experiments

By Blog Editor Susan Wells When I was growing up, my school did not do a science fair. I had never been to a science fair until my oldest was in kindergarten. All I knew was it had something to do with baking soda volcanoes. Fast forward several years, and I now organize the science fair and encourage kids to get involved. Through [...]

Science Fair 911 – Choose a Topic & Project Ideas

By Guest Blogger Debbie Leibold  Sometimes the hardest part of the entire science fair is figuring out what you want to do for your project. I know from personal experience with my own sons that it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking you have to do something amazing in order to make the project worthwhile. My sons' best projects [...]

Science Fair 911 – Don't Sweat the Science Fair We Are Here to Help

By Blog Editor Susan Wells It's January and it's Science Fair season. The keywords, "science fair projects," "easy science fair ideas," and "science fair help" are some of the top searched terms on Google in the month of January as students and their parents get online to look for help on their science fair projects. Participating in the school science fair is a fantastic [...]